DUBAI DUTY FREE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
"63 60 is a bit tough in an hour and 30, so I guess
there was a battle on the court, but she was just better
than me – that's it, really there's nothing else to say.
She was playing more aggressively. She was pushing me
out of the court very far from the baseline. I didn't
play as deep as yesterday and didn't serve as well – but
Venus played well the whole week and deserves this
February 17-February 22, 2014
Results - Saturday, February 22, 2014
Singles - Final
(WC) Venus Williams (USA)
d. Alizé Cornet (FRA) 63 60
Doubles - Final
Kudryavtseva/Rodionova (RUS/AUS) d.
Kops-Jones/Spears (USA/USA) 62 57 108 (Match TB)
- Williams wins her 45th WTA title and first of 2014.
- Williams has won her past 15 matches in Dubai, having
lifted the title on her two previous visits, in 2009 and
2010; her win-loss record in WTA finals now stands at
- Williams is the first unseeded player and
also the first wildcard to lift the title in the
tournament's 14-year history.
- Cornet falls to 3-4
in WTA finals; all six of her previous finals were on
- Williams improves her head-to-head record
against Cornet to 5-0.
- Williams is projected to
rise to No.29 when the new rankings are released.
Kudryavtseva and Rodionova win their fourth WTA title
together; Kudryavtseva now has seven career titles to
her name, while Rodionova has eight.
Venus Williams: "First of all, I think
Alizé is playing great. I think if she continues to play
like that, she's going to play deep in a lot of
tournaments and keep improving. I think it's great to
see that, because she's a great addition to the game.
She brings so much passion on the court, so it's great
to see her playing well. I mean, I was definitely fully
expecting to play Serena, so for her to get that win was
awesome. But I have had a good week. Everything is
falling together pretty much, is all I can say."